Easter trading: 18 complaints, no prosecutions

NZ Herald 22 April 2014
Eighteen complaints were made about businesses flouting Easter Weekend trading laws this year, but none will be prosecuted.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE), the Government department responsible for administering the legislation, said the number of complaints was down from 46 last year.

As none of had received warnings or been prosecuted previously, none would be prosecuted for their defiance.

“MBIE’s enforcement approach for Easter this year was the same as for last year,” spokeswoman Philippa Norman said.

Prime Minister John Key said today the Easter trading law wasn’t working and needed an overhaul.

“I don’t think the law is working terribly well, but I’ve always voted in favour of liberalisation of trading laws when it comes to Easter weekend,” Mr Key said.

He said the Easter trading laws would always be a conscience vote.